P453M Allotted for Strengthening of Bridges to Withstand Earthquakes
PALO, Leyte – At least 40 bridges in Eastern Visayas were identified either for replacement or strengthening, to withstand seismic activities, with the central government allotting P453.76 million for the project.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Rolando Asis said majority or P353.44 million budget will be allocated for strengthening of existing bridges, P93.31 million for replacement of temporary bridges, and P7 million for completion of ongoing construction.
“All of these bridges programmed for repair and construction next year will be resistant to earthquake damages to ensure that major road networks will be passable during disasters. These can withstand up to intensity 7.5 quakes,” he added.
In Leyte, scheduled for rehabilitation in 2013 are the P34.68million San Joaquin Bridge, P4.2 million Cotcot Bridge, P3.69 million Pareña Bridge, P6.86 million Talisay Bridge, P4 million Bitanhuan Bridge, P10 million Dungca-an Brudge, and P3 million Hilusig Bridge. Lone project in Biliran is the P7 million Bagongbong Bridge.
Up for replacement of old bridges in Leyte are the P7.20 million Bawod Bridge, P9.09 million Catmon Bridge 1, P10.80 million Hacienda Maria Bridge 1, P9.18 million Manlawaan Bridge 1, P9 million Tabing Bridge, P5.54 million Tabunoc Bridge 1, and P7.34 million Ul-og Bridge. Bailey bridges form part of road networks in Leyte’s third district. The bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge developed during World War II for military use.
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